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Belize receives donation of Hurricane relief funds and vehicles from Korea

Posted: Tuesday, January 10, 2023. 8:25 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Monday, January 9, 2023, CEO of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Amalia Mai received, on behalf of the Government of Belize, humanitarian assistance from the people and Government of the Republic of Korea. 

The donation of US$100,000 to the World Food Programme (WFP) was handed over by Sung-min Jang, Senior Secretary for Policy Coordination and Planning, Office of the President.

The Government of Belize says that this donation complements ongoing humanitarian assistance to families for direct cash transfers in the wake of Hurricane Lisa. These transfers are coordinated through the Ministry of Human Development, Families and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs.

In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs received 4 vehicles, which will ensure the availability of reliable transportation to facilitate the work of the Foreign Service and Protocol units in executing their duties.

Attendees at the ceremony included Dolores Balderamos Garcia, Minister of Human Development, Families and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs; Won Hoon Choo, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Belize; Tanya Santos, CEO in the Ministry of Human Development, Families and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs; Sarah Lionel, Officer-in-Charge, WFP Belize; Juliette Maughan, Senior Partnerships Officer, WFP Caribbean Multi-Country Office, Barbados; Col. (Ret’d) Shelton De Four, NEMO Coordinator; and Jose Castellanos, Economics Team Leader, United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office.

The Korean delegation also met with Prime Minister John Briceño and Christopher Coye, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Development and Investment, who was joined by Dr. Hon. Louis Zabaneh, Minister of State, Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology; Narda Garcia, CEO in the Office of the Prime Minister and for Investment; and Dr. Osmond Martinez, CEO for Economic Development. 

The delegation will also meet with Governor General Froyla Tzalam.

Belize and South Korea have shared 35 years of bilateral relations.


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